SBOL workshop participants argue for full [sequence] disclosure

13 Jan 2011
Posted by kcosta

Following a discussion by the workgroup for Data Standards in Synthetic Biology, which met in June 2010 during the Second Workshop on Biodesign Automation, several participants (including a number of BIOFAB and SynBERC investigators) published a Nature Biotechnology letter to the editor arguing that articles reporting synthetic gene networks should always disclose the complete sequence of all constructs described. They note that without such information, it is challenging if not impossible to reproduce and build upon others' work, which is a central tenet of the engineering of biology. The full letter, entitled "Essential information for synthetic DNA sequences" and published January 10, 2011, is at Nature Biotechnology.